I have been subjected to impulse buys: that moment when I learned that a certain book existed and I have no idea if any other copy is available in that bookstore or any other bookstore and if I would risk the moment of leaving it behind, never seeing it again, and remembering not reading it at all. A number of books in my collection are good impulse buys, a few I even deem serendipitous. And the rest are rejects, regrets, and resentments.
Anvil Publishing Inc. is a local publisher that has been producing books since 1990. They have close ties to National Bookstore Inc., the largest bookstore and office supplies chain in the country. Anvil is the creator of a number of the textbooks that my schools used. Besides the almost 2,000 (and counting) titles they have, they also have gained the title of “Publisher of the Year” eleven times from the Manila Critics Circle.
Your book made me curious about that particular verse, causing me to read the whole chapter, and eventually the whole book. But that wasn’t the only effect it had on me. The cavalcade of seraphim and nephilim introduced me to the world of angelology, symbology, and numerous Christian legends. And I thought only the secular world had folklore.
From the outisde, looking in
“Please return the books on the shelves after reading.”
During the ten minutes we were there, I noticed that the silver stand of shelves was unmanned. Posters reminded people of the rules but no lone crew or professional guard to watch over the goings-on. There was an old man who, after finishing flipping through a novel, reminded a couple of the local kids who raided the collection not to bring any of the books home.
While there was a much nearer mall to the Museum of the Filipino People, I opted to go south than north. I had a particular craving and only one place could relieve it.
I took a jeep to Pedro Gil LRT station and alighted there. Then I walked all the way to Robinson’s Ermita. Once inside, I made a beeline to the topmost floor.
Hard as I try to remember when I last had Indian food, I couldn’t recall. All I knew was I wanted something warm, spicy, cheesy, and creamy on tender meat. That is why I was at New Bombay.
New Bombay interiors
New Bombay interiors
I asked for the Malai Murg Tikka. It was a set of big chunks of chicken placed on lettuce leaves. Topping it was a gracious serving of cheese. Alongside it were two choices of sauce: earthy green-colored cashew paste and a medley of Indian spices.
Truly, it hit the spot! Just what I needed.
Of course, I tried both sauces. I like the red one better. It had a medley of sweet and spicy that I prefer. While the cashew paste had a greater kick to it, what put me off was the texture. Predictably, I mixed both sauces and surprisingly they complemented each other.
My choice of drink is called the Almond Lassi. While itself is good—being nut-based, meaning earthy taste—I began to have too much earthiness in my mouth. I should have had something starkly different. Lesson learned!
Once dinner was over, I walked to my next destination. With each step, I was hoping there was still stock of it.
And there still was!
Rick Riordan released last week his brand new series, “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard”. I have been a fan of his since I began “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” years ago. I love and adore “The Heroes of Olympus” and “The Kane Chronicles”. And I have good feeling about the new series’ first book, The Sword of Summer.
Sighting the book at National Bookstore was wonderful. But it was also painful because it was seated right next to another book I wanted to buy: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin.
If that wasn’t bad enough, I also saw other Riordan books Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes and The Demigod Diaries. I could only take so much heartache in one day. I needed to escape.
So with only one book in tow, I headed for the cashier and paid. But I knew, I would get my hands on them soon.
(This is Part Two of a Two-Part Post.)
New Bombay Fourth Floor, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
National Bookstore Ground Floor, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila
For me, that depends on what I have planned for the rest of the day. If there’s a meal involved later, I wait at a bookstore – so I don’t spend the money on food before I eat. If I’m just waiting to go somewhere else, I hang out at a book store – so I don’t spend money on anything else. And that was what I was doing at Fully Booked SM Mall of Asia: waiting for Rai.
Typically, I’m instantly drawn to the young adult section. But I was distracted. There was a detour sighted.
Coloring books for adults
Coloring books for adults
I thought these books were not going to be here until later this year. But they are here now! And that is just awesome. With them in my hands, I have more uses for my color pencils. My Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) list just got longer. And the MIBF is less than two months away!
And I just had to land my sights on this one!
Guillermo del Toro, how you tempt me.
Did I mention that my Manila International Book Fair list just got longer? I believe I have. If I haven’t, let me say it: my Manila International Book Fair list just got longer.
The thought of getting books that cheap made my mouth water. But that was just for a moment. Reality smacked me hard. Say that I do have the budget for this – and I do – would I have the time to rummage and haul them around in a seeming tight space? Every book fair, I lug around a load of books, which I love and loathe with the intensity of a thousand white suns.
Even if I am able to find a way to get around the place and bring them home, do I still have space in my shelf?
And the most important question: when would I get the time to read? As it stands, I no longer read during my commute. Hugely because I am not using the train to get to work. But that’s a whole other story.
It has made me wonder: what has been the cheapest book I bought? If I’m not mistaken, a small hardbound birthday book that was printed in 1963. And it belonged to a certain Barbara Witter.
Fantasy is where you find your happy place. Getting lost in a story about magical worlds and mythical creatures is what you love the most. Your friends will often find you zoned out and daydreaming, and your imagination and creativity is what you’re known for!
Movie: “Quartet” (2012) directed by Dustin Hoffman
The book, song, and movie speak about disregarding where the character is in his or her life and starting there, making a turn or going wherever to begin anew. They are odes to choices and homage to human potential, no matter the age, time, or place.